Ford, GM consider culling dealerships

The Big Two have cut the number of their employees, benefits, factories, and executive salaries and dividends. Now executives of The General and Blue Oval are considering reducing the number of their dealerships.
General Motors has over 7,000 dealerships for its Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Hummer, Pontiac, and Saturn brands in the U.S. (Saab excluded), while the Ford Motor Company has around 4,400 dealerships. The linked article compares both to Toyota Motor Co. which currently has 1,430 dealerships. While a Ford dealership may sell 780 vehicles on average, a Toyota dealership sells nearly twice as many.

Neither GM or Ford gave specific details on how either would reduce its dealership network. GM in particular was vague, after recently announcing the need to keep all of its brands.

[Source: Associated Press via The Mercury News]

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